US report reveals China 'intentionally' concealed severity of coronavirus

WION Web Team
Washington, United States Published: May 04, 2020, 09:49 AM(IST)

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The report, which assessed export and import data earlier this year, was circulated within the federal government on Friday, the source said.

The severity of the coronavirus was ''intentionally'' hidden by the Chinese government according a report by the United States Homeland Security Department.

According to report, "China likely cut its exports of medical supplies prior to its January WHO (World Health Organization) notification that COVID-19 is a contagion."

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The report, which assessed export and import data earlier this year, was circulated within the federal government on Friday, the source said.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that there was "enormous evidence" that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

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"We can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party did all that it could to make sure that the world didn't learn in a timely fashion about what was taking place," he added.

Pompeo's comments come as the Trump administration is formulating a solid long-term plan to punish China on multiple fronts for the coronavirus pandemic,

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